Dress Barn

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Dress Barn Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
197 Reviews
3.5
197 Reviews
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Dress Barn President, CEO, and Director David R. Jaffe
David R. Jaffe
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • You are empowered to run your store as your own, Great work/life balance (in 15 reviews)

  • The employee discount is also generous (40%) (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • The upper management sucks and does not value any of the employees (in 10 reviews)

  • I was a part time employee it was my first job so i didnt have high expectations i just needed some cash (in 9 reviews)

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  1.  

    cashier

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cashier/Sales in Hauppauge, NY
    Former Employee - Cashier/Sales in Hauppauge, NY

    I worked at Dress Barn

    Pros

    employee discounts and holiday parties, friendly coworkers

    Cons

    bad working conditions, very short lunches

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    cruel to workers, treated like slaves

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Too much work and stress for the small amount of money you make. Good discount on clothing though.

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    Current Employee - Part-Time Sales Associate in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Part-Time Sales Associate in Jacksonville, FL

    I have been working at Dress Barn part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Employee discount is huge! Lay a way available.

    Cons

    Stress level high, low wages. Some work expected to be done after work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Technology needs to be upgraded.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    It was once a good place to work for.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mahwah, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mahwah, NJ

    I worked at Dress Barn

    Pros

    It had a good culture until they started bringing in to many new people who wanted to change how business was done. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    New people put down the people who were there for years. The environment was so toxic. Dressbarn takes on to many new projects and doesn't focus on getting any of them right. The pay was horrible if you were there for a long time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't go to far away from what made Dress Barn a good place to work. Don't use the new building as facade of something great when it is so messed up internally. Start focusing on your people again and then business will turn around.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Challenging

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    Former Employee - Part-Time Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Part-Time Sales Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Dress Barn part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Discount. You recieve 20% off sale items and 40% off regular priced items

    Cons

    -Hours is only guaranteed to the managers not even the Full Timers have guaranteed hours
    -Customers allowed to get away with anything and everything while manager just stands there and watch
    -Very low pay and if you do get a raise you are lucky to get .20 cents
    -When there is a issue with an employees behavior it takes forever for the situation to be worked through the proper channels for the employee to be reprimanded.
    -Gossip within the store, within the district.
    -More about looks then work ethic
    -Weak managers
    -A lot of times people are allowed to not work as hard as others because they fit the physical image Dress Barn wants to promote

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn what it means to really inspire your team. Having the title of manager doesn't make you a good manager. I really don't think higher ups know exactly what goes on in the stores. But I do hear not all the locations are like this. I guess I lucked out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Designers Beware

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    Former Employee - Designer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Designer in New York, NY

    I worked at Dress Barn full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    -Beautiful, new headquarters in Mahwah, NJ, with cafeteria and fitness center on campus.
    -Company as a whole has an initiative in place to create a brand and in house design department
    -Excellent benefits, 401k, and you can accrue choice time off
    -Store Discount for all Ascena brands
    -Company is undergoing a lot of exciting transitions that will help it stay relevant in the years to come.
    -Designers on Apple computers
    -People are generally really pleasant/polite to work with
    -New CM is doing a great job challenging all the old blood and questioning everything.
    -In a few years, this could be an amazing place to work for designers
    -Generally, a great place to work now, especially if you are a merchant/buyer

    Cons

    -While I worked there five people resigned their posts due to the problems with my team.
    -The whole design department is in NYC, while the rest of the company is in Mahwah. This exacerbates the already strained relationship between the designers and merchants. Designers are expected to travel regularly to Mahwah as merchants don't to make time to stop by on their market days for meetings [ there is no shuttle from the office to HQ, you have to get there yourself if you can't make the 7 am shuttle from the east side].
    -I was not trusted to do the job I was hired for and since merchants were not under any duress to work with design, my work was often was not used at all. I thought was hired to design, but spent much of my time working on trend.
    - I felt Merchants were out to prove they didn't need design or PD because they have basically been doing those functions in one capacity or another for years. Merchants have been the stars of the company for so long, they had a lot of difficulty focusing on their function of buying and often had lost sight of what that really is.
    -Because the design office is not in Mahwah, the designers in NYC don't get the same treatment as the employees as the rest of the company. For example, they don't have access to a relevant gym and are often not considered in scheduling when company has functions like a health fair or town hall meeting. The designers are isolated and there is no initiative from the top to make the designers feel more part of the company.
      -The design department leadership struggled to make timely decisions or do any real work.
    -The design leadership was out of touch with their team, unprofessional, and disorganized.
    -The design offices are an open layout, so there is no privacy or noise control. It is very hard to focus and not observe your superiors behavior.
    -Design management was not computer literate. This was a constant source of frustration and made it difficult to respect the management because they were getting paid more than their subordinates, but couldn't do any work without them. One manager would leave early on days their assistant was off because they could not do any work requiring a computer without them.
    -Subordinates were expected to stay late daily, work weekends, and use their personal smart phones for work [texts are received at all hours and days]. It is not hyperbole to say the my peers were often brought to tears due to the way they were treated by their bosses. I was often discredited in front of my peers and made to feel stupid. Subordinates were constantly treated as personal assistants and constantly had their time wasted by management. Once, after a late night, a manager was car pooling home in a company car with a subordinate and made them get home two hours late because they wanted to be taken to their apt., which was not a scheduled stop. I don't recommend joining this company, as a designer, until the upper management is culled.
    -I would not recommend that Designer's join this company if they think they will be getting a good work/life balance.
    I observed that managers were work-o-holics; they found reasons to stay late or take on more work. Upper management actively seeks to hire people who will perpetuate that culture instead of setting a new standard of work/life balance for the team. No accountability for managers to get their work done during company hours; they don't plan to finish by end of day, they just assume people can go on working all night if necessary.
    -There is no accountability to HR for timely performance reviews or sticking to company rules. I didn't know one person who had their mid year review in my department, during my time there.
    - Managers go out to personal eye lash/hair appointments, but subordinates were admonished for taking a long lunch [in the office!].
    -No one I knew got a raise in design, while upper management spent thousands of dollars on presentation shopping and merchants got bonuses. I often had to waste company money/time dealing with presentation samples, and felt bad for betraying the trust DB was placing in my department leaders. There is no system to track samples or store credits, and 'no systems' is a major theme during my time at DB.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reevaluate the management in the design department; admit you got it wrong this time around and remove those people promptly. They are giving designers a bad reputation among people who have never been exposed to design before and driving away the talent you had. Move the design department back to Mahwah or plan to get a bigger NYC office to house product development and design [who should be together]. Issue mandates to merchants which push them to work closely with design and buy the in house products! Send the message that people need to adapt to the new company vision or move on. Cut back on merchant teams to bolster design, technical design, and PD ranks, they are the future of your business. I know at some point DB will be a great place for designers to work, but they have a long way to go.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ineptitude

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mahwah, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mahwah, NJ

    I worked at Dress Barn full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, company tries to make things fun for employees, new home office is really nice

    Cons

    Didn't end up doing anything I was hired to do. No good direction from management, the entire department was a hot runny mess. Was constantly doing menial tasks and getting blamed for management's severe and pathological lack of finesse or foresight. Constantly changing expectations, no consistency in decisions, a company trying to create change from within without the willpower to follow through and hold long-tenured employees to new standards for fear of upsetting them. So much wasted productivity, some of the people in my department would leave at three every day or come in at eleven or go get their hair or eyelashes done on a whim during the workday. It's easy to get resentful when your superiors are pulling that crap and you get held responsible for inane things that go wrong. I felt like a child getting lectured on how naughty she is by her boozing and inattentive parents.
    Not a good workplace for the more sensitive and nuanced employee, as everyone shouts over others during meetings and basic listening skills are dismal. I knew someone who worked there and got moved to a different department, some of the people were so woefully unobservant/self-involved they thought she was a new employee even though she had been with the company for over six months. Suffice it to say, I was more than happy to be moving on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you really want to change the direction of the company, you're going to have to jettison some of the dead weight, or at least find a better way to hold people who are resistant to change accountable for their lack of cooperation and solidarity with the new vision. Yes, even if that means angering the old guard.
    And pat marketing on the back, they're actually doing some good work in spite of it all.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Unprofessional Old Lady's Club

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    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Waldorf, MD
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Waldorf, MD

    I worked at Dress Barn full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Customers, some of the PT Team members were actually really there to bring joy to someone else closet!

    Cons

    Management Sucks, the Pay Sucks, if you are not part of the management clique you will not move up or be treated fairly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Store Managers need leadership training. We don't need people running around thinking they are the boss.. We need leaders ready to lead, train and develop top notch employees who deliver exceptional customer service, not chatterboxes that sit in a corner yelling out orders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Working there is good, but pay is terrible

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dress Barn full-time

    Pros

    People are nice and great to work with,
    In-company promotions

    Cons

    Salary's are not fit for cost of living

    Neutral Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not very professional management

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in North Port, FL
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in North Port, FL

    I have been working at Dress Barn part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Discount, and having to leave three words, nothing else. Maybe it will get better....who knows...nice customers and for the most part, nice coworkers. There is always that one.....management won't deal with.

    Cons

    Management, Janitor work. Cleaning everything from windows, mirrors, floors and toilets. Not a lot of training. Customers are nice. You move around the store because corporate asked....only to get management to come in and rearrange it. Makes you feel your work is for nothing. Sometimes your not even selling because your to busy cleaning. Some Coworkers steal your sales or never help with the back breaking work. And lunch breaks are 10 minutes in the back room, because never a third person to help cover. So, two people to run register, watch door, hang stock, watch dressing room, wait on customers and clean......

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees, Think about a real lunch break, don't ask us to move something when it's never up to your standards. More team work, that goes for everyone! Not just a chosen few. Maybe alternate weekends so we can spend a whole weekend with family. We don't make much money, and little hours for ones who want them. Everyone is part time except management. Maybe give us something for our work. Sure a discount, but really, we only wear them at work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    25 cents an hour increase for a $50K goal they set on me

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate
    Former Employee - Sales Associate

    I worked at Dress Barn part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Employee discounts on their products,25% off. Sales training provided.9AM start to 2PM is a good time.

    Cons

    They made us dress nice for 25 cents an hour increase per year. Lunch break you are not allowed to go out. 10PM closing on some days. No insurance for plain associates, only junior management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I left because we were not truly compensated for goals set on us. I got a job now that pays 1-2 dollars a year, with benefits and career growth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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